Here's a great way to make friends in high places: Hack their server.
LulzSec -- which has been making inroads into Anonymous' griefer market share with aggressively promoted attacks on Sony, PBS, affiliates of the FBI, porn sites, and Bethesda Softworks and Brink (sites they like) – just posted data that looks like it was taken from an internally facing server belonging to the U.S. Senate.
[ Also see: The case for lousy passwords ]
The data is routine log info, but includes logins for (presumably) the sysadmins, structure of the files on the SunOS server and IP addresses for various machines inside Senate.gov.
There is no confirmation the hack is genuine, and not much genuinely valuable information was sucked out.
There are some toes that don't take much stepping on to generate a response, though.
Members of the Senate itself might not be that impressed; most wouldn't know they'd been hacked unless their photos of their personal equipment showed up online without their having Tweeted it first.
An awful lot of people work for those Members, though. People who would take even a tiny breach as a major offense. People that like hanging victory pelts above the door. People that probably don't get a lot of lulz.
The LulzSec guys called this a "just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov – is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?"
The Honorable Members probably can't be bothered to answer.
The hard-asses who want to impress them won't either. Not right away.
Boss hack, LulzSec. Don't stand too close to your doors. Someone might be getting ready to kick them in.